TITLE: WILD FIRE
She had to tell him. No other option existed.
Lynn Hana Alexander straightened her spine, licked her lip and opened her mouth. No words emerged. She swallowed and tried again. Nothing but the tinkle of silverware on china dishes, and the occasional burble of laughter interrupted the quiet murmurs in the restaurant. Damn it. You’re both adults. Just spit it out. Sipping her wine, she studied her fiancé across the white linen-covered table.
Rob had just taken a bite of his seared Kobe steak and chewed with eyes closed. The candle between them illuminated the smile on his lips. If she said anything now, he’d choke.
She turned away from the serenity of his face and looked around. Couples leaned toward each other, shared bites, and sipped wine in the softly shadowed dining room of Amor La Chez. Waiters glided by, performing a ballet set to live piano music. Lynn drained her wineglass.
How on earth did you tell someone you were a shape-shifting dragon in a place voted Houston’s most romantic restaurant? If only they could’ve talked earlier at her apartment. But Rob had arrived late and rushed her out so as not to miss the reservations. Then, he’d talked about their new account and business on the drive over. Truth be told, she’d lost her nerve and had been happy to let him prattle.
Rob’s blue eyes met hers. He swallowed and smacked his lips.“Sublime.” His gaze dropped to her plate and a frown creased his brow.